Game Warden Eugene Sara

Game Warden Eugene Sara

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1974

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Eugene Sara

Game Warden Eugene Sara and Chief of Police Don Williams, of the Thompson Falls Police Department, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had shot Chief Williams and stolen his weapon. As Warden Sara and his partner arrived at the scene the suspect opened fire on them, mortally wounding Warden Sara. Both game wardens were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Warden Sara's wife was working as a dispatcher on the night of the incident and dispatched the officers on the call.

Warden Sara was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge FG58
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Mr. Wolf,
My name is Ken Wanlass and i am the eldest grandchild of Eugene Sara. All though i was an infant when he died, I carry my grandfathers legacy, and i always think highly of him.

Thank you and your grandfather for you courage.

Ken Wanlass

May 23, 2018

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